The most positive trait would be keeping tax dollars local rather than sending so much revenue to DC for redistribution. A huge layer of corruption opportunity would be reduced along with a shit load of waste and abuse. Let the states stand as nation states aligned under the constitution with federal participation limited to interstate affairs and defense. Basically, how the country operated prior to FDR, under Calvin Coolidge. The closer the political systems are to the constituents the less nefarious they are. Naturally.